Kamuzu Stadium, Malawi’s football shrine in the commercial city Blantyre will be demolished to pave the way for the construction of a new sports arena, Minister of Sports, Grace Chiumia has disclosed.
Sports Minister on Wednesday confirmed that discussions pertaining to the demolition of the old facility and construction of a new one have already started.
Government had planned to renovate the facility but Confederation of African Football (CAF) security officer Nicholas Musonye; said renovating the condemned stands is not a permanent solution to the stadium.
He proposed complete demolition of Kamuzu Stadium.
The previous administration of Joyce Banda thorough the then Youth and Sports Minister Enoch Chihana, whose ministry owns Kamuzu Stadium, agreed with Musonye’s observation.
Chihana is on record saying government would enter into a triple P (Public, Private Partnership) arrangement with a South African company to build, operate and transfer the facility.
He said Kamuzu Stadium will go commercial with government retaining shares since it will still be a public infrastructure.
The current Sports Minister, Chiumia said the stadium will undergo a complete demolition and the plan is to have the new stadium in Blantyre constructed as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika through his press secretary Frederick Ndala has also added weight to the plans to construct new stadium in Blantyre at the Kamuzu Stadium site.
“The initial plan was to build a completely new stadium altogether in Blantyre, but now that some information on the current state of Kamuzu Stadium has emerged, government may consider the option of demolishing the current stadium to put up a totally new structure in that place although this will depend on some technical opinions and recommendations,” said Mutharika.